Sunday 12 May
Tea Concert: Flute and Harpsichord Recital
Rachel Beckett (flute and recorder) and Alastair Ross (harpsichord)
The last of this season's ever-popular CRAG tea concerts will feature a recital by the magnificent baroque flute and recorder player Rachel Beckett, accompanied by the harpsichord player Alastair Ross. The latter makes his third appearance at the CRAG tea concerts, the most recent being his mesmerising rendition of Bach's Goldberg Variations.
Rachel Beckett is principal ﬂute and recorder with Sir John Eliot Gardiner's English Baroque Soloists, principal recorder with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and regular guest principal with other period orchestras such as the Academy of Ancient Music.
She is a frequent soloist on the legendary English Baroque Soloists Bach Cantata Pilgrimage recordings, made during Bach's anniversary year. More recent recordings include Monteverdi's opera Il Ritorno d'Ulisse, Bach's B Minor Mass, St Matthew Passion, and Cantata 151 Süßer Trost.
The programme will include:
Sonata in F major op 1 no 4 for recorder and continuo - Handel
Sonata in a minor for solo flute Wq 132 - CPE Bach
Sonata in C major op 1 no 3 for recorder and continuo - Handel
Sonata in b minor BWV for flute and obbligato harpsichord - JS Bach
'...[Rachel Beckett's] solo which she played almost senza vibrato, was purest joy. She played her melodies with the most wonderful intimacy and calmness.' Hamburger Abendblatt
In the Memorial Hall at 3pm, followed by free tea and cake. Doors open at 2.30. Seating will be strictly first come, first seated, so come early!
Tickets £12 (under 16s £5) on the door, or from Cotswold Frames or Larcum's, or book by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org But remember, to guarantee a seat, arrive in good time. Seats are only reserved for season ticket holders.
This concert will raise money for the Asylum Welcome hardship fund. Asylum Welcome helps resettle refugees and asylum seekers in Oxford, and the hardship fund supports the increasing number of vulnerable asylum seekers in the city, many of whom are homeless and destitute.